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Saturday, October 23, 2010


This past week I traveled to Salt Lake City.  It was an INCREDIBLE trip.  I am fortunate to be a part of what is called the BRAC Pack.  The BRAC Pack is made up of a group of individuals from across the country that have been tested for the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutation.  Our job is to help educate others about the importance of genetic testing and their risk for Hereditary Breast or Ovarian Cancer, also known as HBOC.  Shortly after my diagnosis of breast cancer, I was tested for the mutation.  I tested positive for BRCA 1.  BRCA mutations increase breast and ovarian cancer risks.  If you test positive for a BRCA mutation, you have up to a 50 % chance of developing breast cancer by age 50, up to an 87% chance of developing breast cancer by age 70, and up to a 44% chance of developing ovarian cancer by age 70.  The statistics are outstanding.  However, they are also avoidable. 

If you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, PLEASE talk to your physician or OBGYN about your risks.  I had my first mammogram at the age of 25 because my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at only 35 years old.  Unfortunately, no physician or OBGYN shared with me the importance of genetic testing.  At the age of 26, I gave birth to my daughter Charley.  Two years later, my husband and I were ready to add to our family.  However, that never happened.  Instead, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Hearing the words "You have breast cancer" could have been avoided.  If only at the age of 25, someone had seen my family history as concerning.  If only someone would have talked to me about the importance of genetic testing, perhaps, I could have avoided hearing the words "You have breast cancer."  I could have avoided facing death and the fear of leaving my husband and daughter.

PLEASE do yourself a favor, and talk to your physician about your family history and genetic testing.  Sometimes, you have to be your own advocate.  Unfortunately, not all physicians are as concerned about your health as you are. 

If you would like more information on genetic testing, please visit BracAnalysis, or contact me at  Also, please contact me if you or someone you know would be interested in having me share my story.  Genetic testing can potentially change the future of you or your loved ones. 

I feel so blessed to be a part of something so great!  My hope is that I will be able to share my story with women....AND men....all over the world, and that in doing so, more and more lives will be impacted and potentially saved from ever hearing the words...."You have breast cancer."

God Bless!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Gearing up for Utah

Whew!  It has been a hectic couple of weeks around the Wasson house.  We have been busy, busy, busy!  Just last night I asked Ryan what happened to the relaxing days of summer?  It seems that ever since Charley started back to preschool that our lives have been going full speed.  Although things are somewhat crazy, I cherish each day for the simple fact that I am alive and have been blessed with another matter how crazy!

Next week I will be leaving for Salt Lake City, Utah for my training as a patient speaker for Myriad Genetic Testing Lab.  I will be joined by 10 - 15 other women who have also tested positive the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2.  I am so excited for this opportunity!  It is incredibly bittersweet!  I realize that this opportunity came to be because I was diagnosed with breast cancer.....something that NO woman should have to face.  However, I have always been a positive person when it comes to my breast cancer journey and believe that I have been healed because God has great things planned for my life.  I am now seeing a glimpse into those GREAT things.

Whether it is breast cancer, divorce, or the death of a loved one, we will all face tragedy in our lives.  I believe that within every tragedy, there is anopportunity to make a difference.  I made the choice to Rise Up and use my tragedy to hopefully encourage and inspire women from all over the world......and you can do the same thing!

I can't wait to share all the details of my trip to Utah with all of you!  Here I come Park City!